On this podcast, we welcome, The Honorable, Ruth Hopkins. She is a writer, biologist and Judge. She is Dakota and Lakota, of the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation). Ruth is an award winning columnist for Indian Country Today, co-founder of Lastrealindians.com and a contributor for The Guardian, Truthout.org, Jezebel.com, Racialicious.com, BKNation.org, and Counterpunch. Her work has been featured everywhere, including Gawker, the Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Huffington Post.
On this podcast, we welcome, Tara Houska, tribal attorney, and co-founder of not your mascots. In this episode, we will talk with, Tara about the "mascot" problem, and "issue." We will be discussing water destruction and pollution in Indian country with, Tara. We will also speak with, Tara about her role as Native American advisor to, Senator Bernie Sanders.
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On Friday's show, your favorite hosts will be discussing current events. This has been a busy week for events around the country. We will be discussing Native Invisibility, and how that invisibility is harmful, and how it affects Natives, both young and old.
Johnnie Jae will be joining us on our podcast
Johnnie Jae is of the Otoe-Missouria and Choctaw tribes of Oklahoma. She is the managing partner of Native Max Magazine, founder of A Tribe Called Geek, and contributor to Native News Online. She is the manager and producer for the Success Native Style Radio Network, where she hosts the Indigenous Flame and A Tribe Called Geek radio shows. She is also a founding board member of Not Your Mascots.
Known as the "Brown Ball of Fury," Jae seamlessly shifts from humor and pop culture to advocacy and digital media, which has made her a much-sought after speaker and commentator. Her work has been discussed in many media outlets, such as Indian Country Today, ATPN, CBC, USA Today, Women’s E-News, http://Takepart.com and Upworthy. She has been a guest on several radio shows, including Native America Calling, Native Trailblazers, and ICI Radio.
Guest, Brian Chenevert Children's auhtor
These traditional and modern tales of the raccoon Azban, trickster of the Western Abenaki people, provided timeless lessons for all people. Azban begins his search for food and fun in the far north, at Lake Memphremagog, where he “earns” his stripes, then he moves on to the Nulhegan River where he “hunts” crawfish. Traveling further south Azban “gathers” honey along the Connecticut River, and then corn from a Koasek Abenaki village. He meets a challenge at Bellows Falls and investigates the strange sounds around Mt. Tom. His adventures end where the river meets the ocean in Long Island sound but, Azban promises more adventure during his return trip!
Brian Chenevert is citizen of the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe. He is a writer, story teller, tribal drummer and cultural advocate. Some of his cultural revitalization accomplishments included the discovery and distribution of a 50 CD audio set of the Abenaki language which, with the help of a non-profit organization, was copied and redistributed to Abenaki tribal members at no cost. As well as reviving the Abenaki winter game of Snow Snakes which has now been held annually since 2008. He has also provided testimony to both the State of Vermont and the State of New Hampshire regarding laws affecting Native American and in particular Abenaki people. Brian has provided multiple Abenaki organizations with Abenaki language word search games as well as Abenaki stories for their newsletter publications. He has just released his first book titled “Azban’s Great Journey” a combination of both traditional and original stories of the Abenaki trickster Azban, the raccoon. Brian’s current projects include compiling a DVD of various written and audio Abenaki language resources and lessons, which will hopefully be made available to tribal members at no cost. He is also working with a fellow Abenaki artist on an Abenaki Language coloring book for which all profits will be donated to Abenaki youth programs and/or scholarships.
On live at 8 pm est.
Discussion: The current presidential election is accelerating at a rapid pace. But with so many people vying to be the president and leader of the United States, what are these candidates doing or saying to Indian Country? As an ongoing series of coverage of this years elections, tonight we will turn our attention on Bernie Sanders, and his recent address at the Meskwaki Nation community center in Iowa.
We will also discuss the concept of "Soverign Citizens" and what we believe to be the foundation of racism in this country. We will tie this to what we hope to be wrap up to the Bundy Militia armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.
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RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE:
Rachel Maddow Show: "Posse Comitatus, "sovereign citizens", Jim Crow, the Reconstruction, and Cliven Bundy.:
Native Author Melinda Williams
Melinda lives in the majestic mountains of Tennessee, but also calls breathtaking Arizona as home. She is a published author. She also writes articles for Southern Writers Magazine, Native Hoop Magazine, and an editor for Marketing for Romance Writers. When she isn’t creating a suspense story with captivating characters, she can be found reading, writing articles for a magazine, or spending time with her husband Vernon and her kids, Shaelee and Erik. As a young child, she loved reading and writing. Many nights she would wrap up in a blanket, daydream, while creating characters for her own stories. To her own surprise, she started writing and creating my very own world, a place where I could go and lose myself with just a pen and paper. She grew up with the fascination of the American Indian. Her love for them grew rapidly as she read about them from my history book. She wanted to show, in her writings, of the proud people that the American Indians truly are. They show honor and respect for all living things. If she can capture just a small portion of that in her writings then that would be an added bonus for her